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The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the September 30, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After the readings, members of the congregation share related experiences of how God helps in times of trouble.

The Bible


Gen 3:1-6,13
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  

Jer 29:8 thus (to 4th ,)

thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you,

Gal 6:7 (to :)
Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

John 8:32 ye
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  

John 18:38 What (to ?)
What is truth?

Gen 1:26,27,28 (to 1st ,),31 (to 1st .)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them,

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Eccl 3:14
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.  

Matt 4:1,10,17
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  

Luke 17:11-21

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.  #And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  

Mark 7:14-15
And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.  

Mark 1:30-31
But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.  And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.  

Ps 138:3,7,8
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.  

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.  The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

I Kings 8:22,23,37-39
And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:

If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

Ps 91:2,5-11

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  

Ps 121:7,8
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.  

Isa 43:9 (to :)
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled:

Isa 43:9 let them hear
let them hear, and say, It is truth.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

299:18

Knowledge gained from material sense is figuratively represented in Scripture as a tree, bearing the fruits of sin, sickness, and death.  Ought we not then to judge the knowledge thus obtained to be untrue and dangerous, since "the tree is known by his fruit"?  

122:1-7
The evidence of the physical senses often reverses the real Science of being, and so creates a reign of discord,--assigning seeming power to sin, sickness, and death; but the great facts of Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the kingdom of heaven,--the actual reign of harmony on earth.

120:15
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health.  The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man.  Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.  

168:10-23
When sick (according to belief) you rush after drugs, search out the material so-called laws of health, and depend upon them to heal you, though you have already brought yourself into the slough of disease through just this false belief.  

Because man-made systems insist that man becomes sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of God, are we to believe it?  Are we to believe an authority which denies God's spiritual command relating to perfection,--an authority which Jesus proved to be false?  He did the will of the Father.  He healed sickness in defiance of what is called material law, but in accordance with God's law, the law of Mind.

393:29

Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter cannot be.  A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause.  It is well to be calm in sickness; to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.  

411:21
Disease is always induced by a false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed.  Disease is an image of thought externalized.  The mental state is called a material state.  Whatever is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is imaged forth on the body.  

207:23-2
Sin, sickness, disease, and death belong not to the Science of being.  They are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.  
  The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things.  The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth.  Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real.  The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from suppositional error, which affords no proof of God, Spirit, or of the spiritual creation.

379:25-5
  Fevers are errors of various types.  The quickened pulse, coated tongue, febrile heat, dry skin, pain in the head and limbs, are pictures drawn on the body by a mortal mind.  The images, held in this disturbed mind, frighten conscious thought.  Unless the fever-picture, drawn by millions of mortals and imaged on the body through the belief that mind is in matter and discord is as real as harmony, is destroyed through Science, it may rest at length on some receptive thought, and become a fever case, which ends in a belief called death, which belief must be finally conquered by eternal Life.  Truth is always the victor.  Sickness and sin fall by their own weight.

376:17-21,30
  If the body is material, it cannot, for that very reason, suffer with a fever.  Because the so-called material body is a mental concept and governed by mortal mind, it manifests only what that so-called mind expresses.

To fear and admit the power of disease, is to paralyze mental and scientific demonstration.  

377:16-23,26-7
Because a belief originates unseen, the mental state should be continually watched that it may not produce blindly its bad effects.  The author never knew a patient who did not recover when the belief of the disease had gone. Remove the leading error or governing fear of this lower so-called mind, and you remove the cause of all disease as well as the morbid or excited action of any organ.

The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it.  Without this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of itself powerless to produce suffering.  It is latent belief in disease, as well as the fear of disease, which associates sickness with certain circumstances and causes the two to appear conjoined, even as poetry and music are reproduced in union by human memory.  Disease has no intelligence.  Unwittingly you sentence yourself to suffer.  The understanding of this will enable you to commute this self-sentence, and meet every circumstance with truth.  Disease is less than mind, and Mind can control it.

384:3-12
We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of necessity pay the penalty.  Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love.  God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion.  If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his protest against this belief in order to annul it.

378:22-24
Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into its own hands.

176:24-27,31
One disease is no more real than another.  All disease is the result of education, and disease can carry its ill-effects no farther than mortal mind maps out the way.

Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance.  

220:14
The atmosphere of the earth, kinder than the atmosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter.  Colds, coughs, and contagion are engendered solely by human theories.  

184:6-12
  Belief produces the results of belief, and the penalties it affixes last so long as the belief and are inseparable from it.  The remedy consists in probing the trouble to the bottom, in finding and casting out by denial the error of belief which produces a mortal disorder, never honoring erroneous belief with the title of law nor yielding obedience to it.

154:16
If a child is exposed to contagion or infection, the mother is frightened and says, "My child will be sick." The law of mortal mind and her own fears govern her child more than the child's mind governs itself, and they produce the very results which might have been prevented through the opposite understanding.  Then it is believed that exposure to the contagion wrought the mischief.  

392:5-15,22,27-3
Fear, which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to readjust the balance for God.  Casting out evil and fear enables truth to outweigh error.  The only course is to take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God's image.
 
The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation.  Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal.

Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.  

When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears.  Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.  The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

525:22-24
In the Science of Genesis we read that He saw everything which He had made, "and, behold, it was very good."

468:9 There
There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.  All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.  Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error.  Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal.  Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness.  Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.  

442:28
This truth is Christian Science.  

 

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